Mysterious Shapes Illusion


Seems we got ourselves featured by the Yahoo front page yesterday! No wonder for all those hundreds of thousands of visitors coming in for the last few hours. Even our iPhone/iPad App got hundreds of downloads during the last 24h. Amazing… Anyway, here’s an illusion I wanted to show you for some time now, but never did. Perhaps it’s because once you see it, there’s no going back. And it seems I forgot if it was amazing enough, before I understood the illusion it hides. I better let you decide… So, can you guess what all those strange shapes stand for? If you have problems seeing it, I advise checking the illusion through one of our “Optical Illusion of The Day” widgets first, and if you still don’t get it – check this revealing article.


  • T.J


    Is it hall box? seems like a weird thing for it to say though…

    • JWBB1508

      cloooooooooooose lol

    • Dawn

      It IS Mail Boy…the shapes are not conducive to an X.

    • :-D

      ha easy
      mail boy

    • Bob the Builder

      its MAIL BOX

  • Bellss

    hmmm…. I’m not gonna give it away, but i’ll give a hint:

    hmmm…. I wonder if I got my mail today.

    • Esteban Serrano

      i had trouble with this one because the x ain’t connected

    • cooper17

      mail box.

  • @DeirdreHolanda

    It took me a while to see it, but then I finally saw the “mail box” letters. :D

  • Chris

    Same with me… the word is MAIL BOX

  • Alice

    are you sure its not mail boy?

    • Radical Bombs

      alice it cant be mail boy because the “y” would be backwards

    • C.A.S.

      no it wouldn’t. but its an x i think

  • Marci

    Took me a long time to get this one. I just couldn’t get the negative spaces to line up right. Now I should go downstairs and check the post… :-P

  • Tamara

    I think it says Mail Boy. I think this one could have been done a tad clearer though.

    • Tamara

      Then again, what the heck is a mail boy?

    • Sj x

      I thought it said that too, but then i read what other people are saying and now i can see mail box :)

    • Cindi Thompson

      Mail Box makes more sense but I still see Mail Boy and it took me a couple days to see it

  • it helps to make your eyes like the chinese and it says mail box

    • Riccardo

      you mean “squint your eyes”??

    • not all Chinese hv squinty eyes…

  • Bryce

    Very nice. I moved back from the screen and squinted my eyes and it jumped out right away.

    • Steve

      Put a sheet of plain A4 paper over the shhapes if you’ve trouble seeing it.

  • it says MAIL BOX. I know it looks like mail boy, but it’s supposed to be an X

  • popesantaxiv

    I had to blur my vision tremendously to see the two words.

  • Techno Goth

    I know what it is. I’m not saying what, though. Here’s a tip…: squint and look at the purpleish-blueish “base” (or the base color) under the blue “blobs” of stuff, than, (still squinting) look at the blue “blobs”, than, (STILL squinting) look at the purpleish-blueish “base” again, this time tracing the letters with your eyes. (EYES ONLY OR THIS WON’T WORK!!!!) See it yet? If not, repeat this untill you do. Most people saw it on the first try.

    • Rhelyc

      OH Man! Most people got this on the first go??? I tried and tried, was sure it was a reverse space letter thing, thought of altering my point of view-and still couldn’t get it! And I’m usually pretty good at these things!

  • Techno Goth

    Hint: this is one of those “Negitive Spaces” illusions. If you aren’t good at those, than you can train your eyes with this.

  • brianna

    cant see it. tried everything

  • mail box makes more sense, but it looks more like hail boy

  • At first I thought it was Mail Box, but the X isn’t formed on the left, so it must be Mail Boy…?

  • kullkull

    i convert my wife to your website : she said “WWouha ! mail box”…

    It is great, as usual !!

  • whitney

    why cant i read any of these

  • Cherry Blossom

    HMMMM, it was confusing at first, but then i saw it. Does it say mailbox?

  • Quite an unspectacular choice of words.

  • Voigt

    Mailboys deliver mail in large organizations. The term is used less often these days. Think “busboy”.

    • Voigt

      The last letter cannot be an X since as it is not connected like all the others. It should be a Y.

  • Z2d4th

    stare away from the screen around 3 to 4 feet, you can view the message easily

  • Geraldine F. Sides

    Mail Box definately

  • Laura Ours

    I had to “step away from the keyboard” but once I did, I was able to see it and it was sooooo kewl!



  • CourtneyyLauren

    It says MAIL BOX!! +)

  • Annishia

    a mail boy is like a boy who delivers the mail for a little bit of money **old fashioned** but i think it says mail box

  • Unicorn Cheeks

    run away from the screen. far away. it will say mail box -_-

  • Lee

    we call him “Mail Man” in the states…

    this is a good one

  • tony

    Tamara – a mail boy is a person who delivers mail, in big offices, etc.

    Agree, it could be either – nice though, wasn’t obvious at first

  • “MAIL BOX” I believe it says mail box. Good illution.

  • Whoops, spelled illusion, sorry.

  • Josh

    Some of the letters could be more readable. But it’s nice :)

  • sherif

    guys ..after all these coments ..i still can’t see it.

  • babai kimewan

    I see it as MAIL BOX

  • qwertyuiop

    does it say mail boy?

  • Barbarella

    I thought it was BAD BOY

  • Franny

    It is definitely “mailbox” and not “mail boy.” Although there may indeed by a slight gap between the left side of the bottom of the “X”, the so called blobby “feet” of the bottom of the “X” on both sides are clearly present.

    The best way to see it for me is to push the PC or Laptop back away from your vision for several feet and then squint with only the left while keeping the right eye closed. It pops right out then immediately. Lots of luck.

    This was a good one…..

  • Jenny

    Uhh I do not see it whatsoever. Maybe it’s me.

  • aamb

    it says Mail Boy

  • fred

    The second word was easier to read than the first ! Nice !

  • Jim Anderson

    I see the “MAIL BOX”, however, being a golfer, I first saw 14 or 15 of the 18 holes for a golf course laid out. Keep up the good illusions Verdlak. Thanks. Bog, JA

  • ali

    It’s supposed to be mail box I’m sure, but that X is deformed…. put a couple of lines on it and it jumps out as being mail boy.

  • jasmine

    It say’s MAIL BOX!

  • derrick


    just unfocus/make your eyes blurry

  • paigee

    it says mail box

  • Barbara Barron

    I got it when I squinted at it with my eyes half shut, a bit optically cryptic.

  • Ron

    I thought it was Hail Box.

  • Adam

    pretty sure it’s mail boy.

  • damaja

    Whatever it is, it’s boring… -.-

  • Someone

    No It Says Mall Boy

    • EdiK

      No No it’s MAIL BOX…. Fool

  • Somebody Else

    Mail Boy

  • taylor

    mail box?

  • gggfefqgr

    mail box fool

  • Louis

    It say’s “Mail Box,” just cover one of your eyes and you will be able to see it clearer.

  • horse

    I honestly can not see a word. im really confused. :l

    • Zachary

      I’ll throw you a bone so you can see it a little easier: The blue parts are the surrounding area of the letters.

  • To make it clear

    1.To user:Someone, it is not “Mall” it is “Mail.” Look at the L at the end, it has the line on the bottom going right, like an L.With the letter before the L, it is 2 small lines going left right, bottom and top like an I.

    And for those who say it is Mail Box, although I’m not completely sure, I would say that if it were an “X” then there wouldn’t be that little blotch of blue intercepting the letter, for no other letter did that. Because there is a blotch there and it messes up the X, I have to say it is “Mail Boy”

  • maria

    mail boy

  • FrankC

    Dont make the mistake of looking at the shapes. Its the ‘glow’ you should be looking at. The glow flows around the shapes to form a word/s. Not exactly clear though ! :)

  • The Speaker

    it says hail boy!!! read in between the blue

  • Justin

    the final letter in box throws a curveball. it does somewhat look like a Y.

  • it looks like an L and a X at the end… there is a lil line of blue intercepting the “X”. i’m gonna have to say it says “MAIL BOY”. but you never know.=D

  • mail box or mail boy i cnt tell wich iz it i think it iz mail box makes more sense i guess idk uh i think i want 2 say mail box!!!!

  • princess suga puff

    OMG dat shit just POPPED out! lol i saw it i saw it!!!

  • Lolzater=]

    Mail box?
    i swear its Mail BOY!

  • xhanie

    for me that’s a MAIL BOX, it can’t be Y if you’ll use big letters.

  • Abob


  • E

    it could have been mail bag…uh oh i think i may have started a whole new debate hehehe

  • illusions1

    it say mall boy

  • illusions1

    its says hall boy

  • aaa

    It’s MAIL BOX and BOY

  • r

    if you save the image and open it with paint you can draw a box around the words and easily reveal MAIL BOX

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